Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday met Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers and residents of Anand Parbat, who were allegedly injured in police violence in the area on Tuesday, during protests over the murder of a 19-year-old girl. Kejriwal met the wounded volunteers along with Supreme Court advocate Indira Jaisingh, in the presence of mediapersons.
Kejriwal’s interaction with the injured volunteers lasted almost an hour, and many of the AAP supporters recounted their terrifying ordeal on Tuesday. Some of them even took their shirts off to reveal their wounds.
“Policemen in plainclothes took me to a closed factory and beat me up mercilessly, like they would beat a terrorist.
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They tried to force me to speak against Arvindji on camera and verbally abused us,” said Ankush.
“We will have to fight unitedly. We will explore all options. We will go to court if necessary,” Kejriwal said.
Jaisingh condemned the alleged police action, and held Police Commissioner BS Bassi responsible. When his comments were sought on the issue, Bassi had claimed that the protesters were “uncontrollable”.
“Bassi must account for each lathi blow. It is his law that is being implemented inside police stations,” she said.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia claimed that AAP volunteers had been beaten up by police for no reason. “Delhi has become a police state. We used to hear about them using such methods on Naxals and terrorists. Today, it is happening with AAP volunteers and citizens. People are scared and we will continue to oppose such cruel tactics,” he said.